Don’t you just love boxing? The way everyone is freaking out about the sport following last weekend’s Pac-Man / Cheater fight, you’d think the landscape was a lush jungle of reinvigorated beauty instead of a dwindling oasis in a hellscape wasteland of who gives a shit. Yes, Manny Pacquiao is awesome. Yes, Pacquiao vs Mayweather would be bigger than any single fight currently possible in MMA. But I’d like to be the 8000000th person to point out that it’s also the last fight boxing has left that anyone gives a shit about.
With Mayweather more busy fighting domestic abuse charges than preparing for a fight, there’s nothing left for Pacquiao to do. Sure, he’ll keep making money off whatever chump fight gets set up next because he’s The Best, and people want to see The Best. But the gap between the Manny Pacquaio business and the boxing business is many times wider than the difference between the UFC and the rest of MMA. Fights are happening … our buds at BetUS always have a ton of boxing odds. But no one cares, and boxing is so poorly structured that it can’t even use the massive amount of attention from these Pac-Man superfights to convert some new fans in the long run.
Maybe Manny / Floyd will happen, and maybe it won’t. Either way, boxing only has a few more years before they’ve lost the final superstars capable of making sports fans care about the sweet science. I’m happy to concede that boxing still has the ability to do some serious business, but anyone pretending this is anything but the last echos of a sport that’s run itself into the ground just isn’t paying any attention.
(image via USA Today)